Jarvis Christian University will host Dr. Leonard L. Haynes, III, as the Black History Month speaker in chapel at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, in the Smith-Howard Chapel at JCU’s main campus in Hawkins, Texas. Haynes is the former senior director with the Department of Education, a former executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and a former HBCU president.
Haynes brings a combination of policy and practical experiences that will strengthen support of HBCUs and the students they serve.
Widely recognized for his work in education, Haynes has counseled numerous organizations, such as the Ford Foundation and the Merck Corporation. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern University, his master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University, his doctorate from The Ohio State University. He is a recipient of 14 honorary degrees, the 2018 White House Initiative on HBCUs Distinguished Service Award—now known as the Leonard L. Haynes, III, Distinguished Service Award—and the Servant Leader Award from the United Methodist Church for his work on behalf of HBCUs.